Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has praised Ajinkya Rahane’s century in the Boxing Day Test (India vs Australia Boxing Day Test). After suffering a severe defeat in Adelaide, Team India has completely defeated the Australian team in the second Test.
After scoring Australia’s first innings for 195 on a brilliant strategy on the first day of the match, the Indian team scored 277 for five after finishing the second day’s play on Rahane’s 104 not out. Has gained the edge of.
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Ricky Ponting believes that on the second day of the Boxing Day Test, India captain Ajinkya Rahane has done a great job in ‘restoring’ the Indian team by playing a century innings.
Ponting told Cricket.com AU, ‘After the disappointment of Adelaide (first Test), they have done a great job in handling the team again. He led the team brilliantly at the time of fielding yesterday and then you can see that he has been playing (batting) like a responsible captain.
He said, ‘He wants to play captaincy innings. He wants to give his best by scoring a century in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, so that his country can return to the series’.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) During his innings, he hit 12 attractive fours, but Ponting praised his defensive game.
The former Australian veteran said, “He (Cheteshwar) played an innings like Pujara.” He did not want to take any risk. He put fewer boundaries and relied on his defensive game to reduce the morale of Australian bowlers.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) Impressed with his captaincy skills, but Ponting believes that Kohli will again take over the reins of the team after returning from paternity leave.
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Ricky Ponting said, “Kohli will captain the team for as long as he wants, but if he decides to leave it to become a better player (to focus on batting), then it will be for world cricket (bowlers).” It will be quite scary.
He said, ‘I am not questioning Kohli’s captaincy skills, but I am trying to say that there should be something special in you to handle the team in the way that Rahane has done so far.’